March 25, 2024

2024 CSWA Green Medal Leader Award

P R E S S  R E L E A S E  –  March 25, 2024

Today, one week before California’s Down to Earth Month begins, four of the state’s premier wineries and vineyard companies were awarded California Green Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards, joining 36 past winners from throughout the Golden State. These awardees are recognized for their advanced sustainability practices and innovation based on a comprehensive judging process focused on both sustainable viticulture and winemaking. Presented by several California wine organizations devoted to sustainability, four green medals are awarded annually in the following categories: Leader, Environment, Community and Business.

“As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the California Green Medal, this year’s winners provide four stellar examples of wineries and vineyards that are excelling in sustainability,” said Allison Jordan, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance’s (CSWA) executive director. “Their stories demonstrate the holistic approach of sustainable winegrowing that conserves natural resources, protects the environment, enhances wine quality, enriches the lives of employees and communities while producing high-quality grapes and wine.”

LEADER AWARD, given to the vineyard or winery that excels in the three “Es” of sustainability — Environmentally sound, socially Equitable and Economically viable practices.

LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards

LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards, located in Acampo, California, has embraced sustainability since the early 1970s, demonstrating its commitment through habitat restoration projects, the inclusion of energy efficient design and solar-power technology in its state-of-the-art winery, as well as the engagement of local youth in hands-on environmental stewardship education. The LangeTwins’ sustainable and regenerative farming principles and practices have increased the biodiversity in and around its vineyards, enriched the soil and improved the watershed. As these practices are more effective on a large neighborhood scale, LangeTwins has shared its knowledge with the greater community of winegrowers and the next generation of land stewards, evidenced most recently by its neighborhood collaboration to control the damaging vine mealybug through pheromone disruption, an environmentally safe control method. LangeTwins fosters close relationships with its team that allow time for conversations about sustainability through activities such as book clubs, both planned and impromptu lunches and attending sports games together. With the fifth generation now leading the way, the LangeTwins family truly embody their mission of “cultivating a lasting impact, together.” For their leadership and dedication to sustainability, we celebrate LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards as recipients of the 2024 California Green Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Leader Award.

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